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You can choose from a range of different shade types for your pergola. In this video you’ll see how to install shade battens. You can use these to cover as much or as little of the pergola as you like.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to build a pergola
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A simple tip to keep your rafters flush

When putting in rafters for a pergola, put a piece of timber underneath the beam temporarily. This will help you to hold your rafters in securely and make sure that they are all flush.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Screw in the shade battens
2 Measure and cut the ends for a straight finish
  • Step 1. Screw in the shade battens

    Install your first batten so that it lines up with the edge of your pergola. Pre-drill the batten with your driver and then screw the batten to every rafter of the pergola. Use a spacer to show you where your next batten should go before you screw it down. This will make sure you’ll always have a consistent gap.
  • Step 2. Measure and cut the ends for a straight finish

    Now you’re ready to cut the rafter ends off so they are all the same length. Choose the line you want outside the final rafter. Then clamp a spirit level down to give you a neat, straight cut. Use the circular saw to carefully cut the battens and you’re done. 

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Pencil
  • Power drill
  • Power driver
  • Spirit level

Materials

  • Batten screws
  • Spacer
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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